Girls Trip: A Relaxing Weekend in Whistler (with a side of adventure)
Is it finally time to get away on a relaxing girl’s weekend? Whistler delivers on the classic recipe of cocktails, spas, and adventure you demand on any girls’ trip. A weekend in Whistler with all your crew is the perfect combination of outdoor adventure, party, and relaxation.
If you’re an outdoorsy bunch of women thirsty for adventure, then Whistler should be right at the top of your destinations list for your next weekend away trip.
To help you dream up what’s possible here, we’ve created an itinerary for an ideal weekend away, jam-packed with adventure.
5 Reasons Why Whistler Should Be Your Next Girls Trip
- Adventure Galore: If you’re craving an adrenaline-packed, adventure-filled couple of days, look no further. The list of activities that Whistler has to offer is endless — skiing, biking, bungee jumping, ziplining, and more.
- World-Class Resort: People flock from around the globe even if they aren’t hitting Whistler’s world-class ski slopes in the winter and its world-class bike park in the summer. If you are visiting for a snowy getaway or a sunny break, Whistler is a total experience. Yet, even if you don’t join the skiers, snowboarders, and bikers on the famous Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
- Beautiful Surroundings: In the heart of British Columbia’s Coastal Mountains, Whistler is a place of stunning beauty. It’s surrounded by waterfalls, peaks, pristine alpine lakes, and dense forests that stretch for kilometers around. We recommend you get out in the mountains to experience it for yourself. Of course, snap some jaw-dropping photos while you are at it.
- 365 Days of Options: You might think that Whistler is primarily a ski resort. On the contrary, the town is booming year-round, even during the pandemic. In August, bring the ladies to check out the hugely popular biking festival, Crankworx, or participate in Tough Mudder in June. Or plan for a girl’s weekend in Spring and Fall to save big with shoulder season packages.
- Like-Minded People: Whistler attracts people from all over the world, but you’ll soon realize that everyone who calls this town’ home’ has one thing in common – a sense of adventure. It’s refreshing to be surrounded by people with the same get-up-and-go attitude as your friends. As soon as you step foot in this town, you’ll feel pumped to get out there and explore. Chat to the locals and get inspired!
Where To Crash on a Girls Trip to Whistler
Before you decide on what adventures you and your girls will fill your weekend in Whistler with, first things first: you need to pick a place to stay.
We recommend staying in the Village, the heart of all the action.
Or, if you have your own vehicle, check out some of the luxury accommodations that are further afield—places like Nita Lake Lodge that have a spa, hot tub, and several restaurants all on-site.
Aava Whistler Hotel
4005 Whistler Way, Whistler Village
The Aava is Whistler’s bike-friendliest hotel and the perfect base for you to rest your weary head after an action-packed day.
With their 24/7 bike valet team, complimentary rentals of snowshoes, and in-house ski & snowboard tuning shop, this hotel will set you up for your next adventure. You can even borrow one of their GoPro Hero 5’s for free and capture every exciting moment of your day!
Nita Lake Lodge
2131 Lake Placid Rd, Creekside
If Whistler’s bustling village center is too busy for you, Nita Lake Lodge is a great option for a more relaxing girl’s weekend. Located in Creekside, Nita Lake Lodge is Whistler’s only lakeside hotel, yet it is still ideally situated at just 500 meters from the bottom of Whistler mountain.
Hire bikes and cycle the valley trail from the hotel’s door to the heart of the Village or take advantage of the lodge’s 24-hour fitness suite. Stay here to experience the more tranquil side of Whistler.
Pan Pacific Mountainside
4320 Sundial Crescent, Whistler Village
If your girls’ weekend is all about skiing or biking, what’s a better way to start than with a view of the mountain from your room window?
There’s no hotel better located than Pan Pacific Mountainside if you want to roll out of bed and hit the slopes. The well-equipped kitchens in these spacious suites give you the option of making big group meals at your home-away-from-home as well.
Four Seasons Resort Whistler
4591 Blackcomb Way, Upper Village
Are you looking for more of a bougie girl’s trip? Located a few minutes away from Blackcomb mountain, the Four Seasons delivers.
Suites have balconies with a view, fireplaces, and a to-die-for aesthetic, including their two-bedroom interconnected suite, which is perfect for a big group of friends.
The hotel also has incredible dining, including the Side Cuts Steakhouse, a kitschy (and tipsy) hot chocolate camper, and an incredible (read: Instagrammable) balcony breakfast room service option. Why not go all out with a weekend ski trip at the Four Seasons.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler Village
If you are headed to Whistler for a girl’s weekend focused around the mountain, you cannot get any closer to the action than The Fairmont Chateau.
This 519-suite luxury accommodation is located right at the base of the mountain. Expect big rooms, with comfy places to lounge, and a cozy fireplace. On site you also have the world-class spa treatments at Vida Spa, and four separate dining options.
A Little Activity Inspiration for Girls Weekend in Whistler
- In winter, spend a couple of hours doing some night cross-country skiing. If you haven’t tried your hand at this sport yet, ease yourself into it at the Lost Lake trails. If you fancy more of a challenge, drive out to the Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley and explore the huge network of cross-country ski trails.
- In summer, be sure to check out one of Whistler’s newest and most popular activities: the Vallea Lumina Night Walk. Lose yourself on this 1.5km multimedia adventure, where you’ll follow a trail into the depths of the forests of Cougar Mountain and be immersed in an enchanting story.
- It would be rude not to throw an axe whilst visiting a mountain town! Try your hand at this sport at Forged Axe Throwing in Function Junction, just a 15-minute drive from Whistler’s centre.
- The ultimate Canadian experience and open all-year-round, this activity is the perfect one for the girls to get competitive and have some fun. They are now, serving beers for that post-bullseye victory lap.
- Scandinave Spa is an absolute must, especially if your accommodations don’t have an outdoor hot tub. This entirely outdoor bath facility features several hot tubs, waterfall features, and saunas, as well as cold-dip pools and showers. It’s an incredible way to unwind after a morning on the mountain.
- The Peak-2-Peak Gondola is an excellent way to appreciate all the glory of Whistler, even if you don’t ski or bike. Grab a Peak-2-Peak Experience ticket to ride on a glass-bottom gondola across the world’s longest unsupported span.
- Skating at Olympic Plaza is a magical wintertime experience. It’s cheap, fun, and accessible to all ability levels, even the total newbie. Throw on a cute toque and mittens, rent a pair of skates, and take a few laps around the outdoor rink.
- In the summer months, Whistler’s lakes pop off. With picnic areas, beaches, sports areas, and BBQ spots bring all your girls down to the lake to lay in the sun, cool off in the glacier-fed waters, and bask in the glory of Whistler.
A Girls Weekend in Whistler: Suggested Itinerary
FRIDAY AM: Vancouver to Whistler
Whether you are driving or taking advantage of some other ways to get to Whistler, fuel up at The Green Moustache Cafe for a quick breakfast.
With its 100% organic and plant-based options, start your weekend on the right foot.
Spend the morning settling in at your accommodation. If the room isn’t ready, take advantage of any bag check options, and get the girls fitted for skis (or bike gear). Ask the concierge for dinner recommendations and book reservations in advance. Get all the logistics out of the way so you can really lean into the weekend away.
FRIDAY PM: Adventure begins!
Whether it’s winter or summer, strap in because the first activity on the list is ziplining. Can you think of a better way to take in the spectacular views of Whistler than flying through the air? Soar side-by-side, up to 100km an hour and 600 feet above the ground on Superfly ziplines.
Or if ziplining doesn’t get your heart going enough, why not leap 160 feet off a bridge headfirst toward the glacial-fed Cheakamus River? Book a jump with Whistler Bungee if your girlfriends are on the extreme end of the thrill-seeking scale.
By dinner time, you’ve worked up an appetite. With dozens of options spanning all budgets, you’ll find something to please even the pickiest eaters in your crowd.
Plus, you haven’t already heard, Whistler has some brilliant drinking establishments. So whether your crew loves brews, bubbles, or craft cocktails, Whistler has it all. A few places we’d recommend: Araxi Restaurant, Bar Oso, and the Bearfoot Bistro.
Find your way back to your rooms (whatever time of night) and spend the rest of the evening unwinding in front of your in-suite fireplace.
SATURDAY AM: Head-Up Whistler Blackbomb
Get up early and order breakfast to your room because it’s time to get up the mountain. With your gear fittings already complete (and in some cases delivered to your room), you should be on the hill for First Tracks. You’ll get in several runs before lunch, then make a pit stop at any of the on-mountain restaurants, like Christine’s. Fuel up with an incredible view before heading back down again for one or two more turns.
Does the bike park or ski slopes sound a little above your experience level you? Don’t worry. Sign everyone up for a mountain bike-guided adventure or a ski guide. A guide is a great way to elevate skills and get all the girls on the same track.
SATURDAY PM: A Relaxing Afternoon
After shredding all day, you’ll want to spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing. In summer, cool down in one of Whistler’s many lakes. May we suggest a dip into Lost Lake if you are in the Upper Village? Or walk 15 minutes down the valley trail and plunge yourself into the larger Alta Lake.
In the winter months, you’ll want to unwind in your hotel’s hot tub. Think chilly mountain air, hot tub soak, and a bubbly in hand. But, does your hotel not have a hot tub? Don’t worry, visit Scandinave Spa for a round or two of hot-cold outdoor pools — a Scandinavian tradition.
Head out for a late dinner at Hunter Gather, a mere five-minute walk from the village centre. Their locally-sourced, hearty food and excellent craft beer and wine are a winning combination. Another local favourite Side Cuts Steak House, for that extra-special dinner option.
If you’re feeling up for it, Saturday night in Whistler also means one thing: party time. Pandemic-pending, Whistler has an epic club scene, which never disappoints. Just leave your high heels and cocktail dresses at home, girls, you won’t be needing them in the Village.
SUNDAY: Slow and Steady Recovery
Even the biggest adrenaline junkies are bound to be feeling a little exhausted from the last two adventure-filled days—time to stretch it out and relax at a local yoga class.
Drop in to Yoga Cara, located in the heart of the Village, or speak with your hotel concierge about setting up a private class for your entire crew.
After that, head to Elements for a brunch like no other. Consistently rated among the top restaurants in Whistler, Elements has an outstanding menu. You won’t be disappointed whether you fancy some healthy hash and corn fritters or their delectable caramelized banana and chocolate french toast.
A Girls Trip in Whistler, One to Remember
If this town doesn’t give you girlfriends an adventure fix, we don’t know where will! With endless opportunities, you can jam-pack your Whistler girl’s weekend with as many activities as you desire.
Every season and every ability level, Whistler is ideally suited to hosting you and your friends, whatever you are looking for. From a relaxing girl’s weekend, to a weekend long epic party, Whistler has it all.